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‘Anderson is to fast bowling what Tendulkar is to Test batting’: Cricketing world hail Jimmy on entering ‘Club 600’

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New Delhi: England pacer James Anderson created history on Tuesday after becoming the first speedster to claim 600 Test wickets.

Anderson dismissed Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali on day 5 of the 3rd Test to get to the landmark. Previously, the 600-wicket club was occupied only by spinners Muralitharan, Warne and Kumble.

Spin great Anil Kumble has 619 wickets to his name behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Shane Warne (708).

Glenn McGrath, who previously held the record for most wickets by a pace bowler with 563, said that Anderson has set the bar for fast bowling like Sachin Tendulkar had done for batting.

“No one is ever going to catch Sachin in Test cricket for the amount of runs he’s scored (15,921) and the matches he’s played (200). Jimmy’s done the same for fast bowling. I didn’t have the skill level Jimmy has. When he’s swinging that ball, both ways, in control, there’s no one better,” he told BBC.

Several eminent cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Shoaib Akhtar, and India skipper Virat Kohli took to social media to praise Anderson’s efforts.

Stuart Broad, after the 3rd Test, said that he has always been inspired by the veteran pacer. “He’s a role model to follow for every English cricketer… He’s always searching to be better and better and 600 won’t be the stopping of him,” Broad said at the post-match virtual press conference.

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